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Dakota Restaurant
Dakota Restaurant

Dakota Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.thedakotarestaurant.com
  • Phone: (985) 892-3712
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch:

    Tuesday – Friday: 11:30am - 1:30pm


    Monday – Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm

    Friday – Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Creole, Contemporary American, Continental
  • Executive Chef: Kim Kringlie
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Off-site catering for both elegant and casual events in any location desired. Our event planning and catering branch, Grand Events and Dakota Catered, has designed and catered parties of 2 to 1200 in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Texas, and New York.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our dining rooms allow for dinner parties of up to 120, and cocktail receptions up to 400 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Scott Vagnier (985) 892-3712

Getting there

  • Cross Street: One-quarter mile north of I-12
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Restaurant parking lot located next to The Dakota.
A word from Dakota Restaurant
Open since October of 1990, The Dakota has been a pioneer in the culinary industry on the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain. Their cuisine is influenced by the flavorful Creole cuisine, with Contemporary Louisiana. Other influences include the Southwest, California, and Asia using fresh local and seasonal ingredients. The carefully selected wines pay tribute to the well crafted wines of California and Oregon while offering a few of the traditional styles of Europe and Australia. Rich mahogany millwork and earth tone colors set the stage for a comfortably elegant dining experience. The Dakota continues to set the mark for what people look for when they dine – well crafted food, detail-oriented service, plush surroundings, and genuine hospitality.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCreole
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "Always a pleasurable experience to dine at Dakota. The food has a variety of entrees and other items that are atypical of most other fine dining restaurants. The wait staff is extraordinary; they are proficient, friendly, and work well as a team. Food is served by enough staff members so that all at the table get their food at the same time. Ambiance is better than most fine dining restaurants in the New Orleans area with nice decor and not too noisy. The wine lists are very extensive but should offer more good wines in lower price ranges. Final bill can be expensive with higher than average wine prices and entree prices."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This place was amazing! Lobster BLT salad was outstanding. Soft shell crab and Seafood mixed grill were delicious! We will be back."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Delicious food, beautiful presentation, great service, a must dine destination!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Request the server named Mike. He was fantastic! This was our first experience with Dakotas and we were celebrating our engagement. We basically went off his recommendations and everything was perfect!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The staff and food at the Dakota are excellent. All the staff pay close attention to you. The menu choices have some regular items and always include new or special items. Try their wine tasting and beer tasting nights and you will appreciate the chef and the Dakota even more."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We had the chefs tasting menu with the wine paring as well. It was a totally exquisite dinning experience from start to finish. It is a must for any foodie out there."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The food, wait staff and overall experience was great. Food was incredible! Wait staff didn't miss a beat. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Celebrated my birthday at this gem of a restaurant ... Awesome food with great service. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "My wife and I have dined here for our anniversaries and enjoy the ambiance, food and excellent service. I rate the service as comparable to the top New Orleans restaurants and the food is excellent. The wine list is quite extensive. We look forward to returning soon! "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "This was our 5th time here for dinner. It has a lovely dining room. When we arrived for our 8PM reservation we were told we would be in the bar/lounge. One table was set up with a white cloth and the China used in the dining room. The other tables were bare. The restaurant was empty except for a man who came in for a drink at the bar. There appeared to be a small party in a back room or at least two people left. The food as usual was delicious. The service was fine with two wait persons taking care of us. Ambiance is an importance part of a nice dinner. Sitting in an empty bar was disappointing. I think the restaurant should have informed us in advance instead of pointing to the bar and saying our table is there, no apology or explanation. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "This was our first time to dine at Dakota and the service began on a low note as it took 15 minutes for our server to arrive to tell us the nightly specials. However, once he arrived it was all perfect from that point on. The food was as good as you would find on the other shore (New Orleans) and we could not have been more pleased with our experience. We will definitely plan to return!"
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Great food start to finish mark,great server,go there you can't go wrong."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "My husband and I had an early dinner. The staff was very attentive and knowledgeable. My meal was very good. My husband had the almondine redfish. Hushpuppies made with sweet potato and Andouille accompanied the dish but they were fried too dark and did not make too much of an appeal on the plate. The taste was not good either."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "We went to The Dakota for Mother's Day lunch. The food was excellent. The service, though, was not quite up to par. The kids' menu had chicken strips with French fries on it. We tried to order the kids' menu petite filet with French fries instead of mashed potatoes, and the waiter insisted they were not cooking French fries. Maybe the chef changed his mind. We had to ask several times for water. I also ordered an iced tea and had to ask twice for it. The kids' menu had an ice cream sundae with chocolate sprinkles, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, and cherry on it. My son just wanted a scoop of ice cream with the chocolate sprinkles, and the waiter brought out the ice cream with chocolate sauce and said they didn't have sprinkles. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I have eaten at Dakota's many many times and have been impressed with the food and the wait staff. This waiter this last time was not the best, however. He started by interrupting our conversation - a pet peeve of mine with waiters. Then I asked that my soup be brought with my entree. Apparently this was just not possible, although he apologized for it (interrupting again). This was an anomaly for this usually great all the way around restaurant."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The food was excellent and the service was great. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The food was fantastic. Waiters attentive but not intrusive. Wonderful surprise of a delicious banana split for our anniversary. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Saturday night dinner...we had a very enjoyable dinner ... service was a bit slow, but made up for with friendly overall effort , ambiance+ quality of food."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Arrived on time, restaurant empty other than 2 people. Waiter very nice, informed bus staff had left. Ordered drinks, waiter came back and took order. Drinks arrived same time as salad/ appt. entrees served before salad finished. Obvious they wanted to get out of there. We were so rushed we asked that the remainder of entrees be boxed with desert to go. Salmon was not good and beef over done. Has been our fav restaurant in past."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The food the absolutely fantastic, and Mark the waiter, could not have been more friendly and attentive with his services. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We looked forward to a relaxing atmosphere - great food for Easter Brunch. Food was well presented but slow coming. We understand Easter is a special occasion (and would be busy) but we were not treated special at all. The service was the problem. Totally inattentive and we had to beg for drink refills, more bread to keep us from feeling like we would wait for our entrees forever, etc. Our wait person must have been new to the job because he was nervous and confused and did not ask if we needed anything or how everything was when the food did arrive. We expected a 4 star restaurant with great service. We received a 3 star meal with a 1 star server. The restaurant is upscale but needs the staff to match. Very expensive $$$$$ lesson I guess."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The service was outstanding, coordination for the flow of food was perfect. My family has had both good and bad experiences here, this was most certainly the best so far!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Took my son and his fiancé to Dakota's for his birthday dinner. He had never been and chose the restaurant based on reviews. Robert was our waiter and service was excellent. Chargrilled oysters and lamb nachos were delicious. Son's fiancé had the tuna and thought it was delicious. We had a very leisurely dinner, were not rushed and thoroughly enjoyed the food and ambience. Would definitely go back."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Dakota is a bit expensive but well worth it. We went their for our anniversary and as usual were delighted. It is our go to place for special occassions."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "It's a good place. Everything was great except, for some reason there was an akwardly long time between our starter and entree. Quick turn on everyting else including dessert was excellent."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "We always look forward to the delicious crab and brie soup. We celebrated my wife's birthday and it was everything we expected. This is a class restaurant -- the best on the north shore"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Neither my wife nor I are picky eaters, so we always have the chef's tasting whenever possible. It's not on the menu, but the chef's tasting is worth every penny and your palate will be excited with every course and every bite. It was absolutely a fantastic tasting/dining experience from start to finish. We even asked to speak to the chef so we could personally thank him for such an exquisite experience. This isn't the first time we have had the chef's tasting at this restaurant and everytime it has left us wanting to experience it again and again."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "An evening to remember. Since it opened Dakota remains one of our top white table cloth choices in all of New Orleans. From the Crab and Brie Soup to the sautéed Red Snapper with Andoullie creme the food nearly ate itself. Our friend Robert took amazing care of us and saw to every last detail. Bravo!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "My husband and I came here to celebrate a special occasion. The staff provides the perfect level of service - always there when we needed them but never hovering. Great food, amazing wine list!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "I took my wife and daughter for dinner on Valentine's Day. The restaurant was VERY busy, which may have been the reason for the INCREDIBLY slow service. The four-couse dinner was good overall. The crab and brie soup was the best dish of the meal by far. The Bleu salad was really good, too. However, my Filet was overcooked and my wife said her Grilled Lobster was bland. Dessert was not that memorable. My main problem was that we had to ask for bread and tea refills several times, and the meal took about 2 hours, which seemed really long for just the three of us!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We have dined here many times, and generally love the place. We thought we would have our Valentine's Day dinner on the 13th, in order to avoid the large crowds on the 14th. We arrived at 6pm, and there was only one other table in our section occupied. However, service was still very, very slow. I am not sure whether the problem was with the kitchen, or the wait staff. They may have just been shorthanded. To their credit, everyone from the manager (thanks Robert!) to the hostess pitched in to try to keep everyone happy. By 7pm the place had filled up and food delivery had slowed even more. But, the food was delicious, as usual, if not always as hot as it should have been. We have had some fantastic meals here, but only average tonight."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "I love this place. Each and every visit has been great. I always have to start with the crab Brie soup. Like creammy butter melting in your mouth. The nightly special was a wine basted slow cooked boneless beef rib. Fantastic. So much meat, I needed a doggie bag. The dinner was very filling so I ordered my coconut cake to go. I cannot visit without getting my cake. Good bottle of Malbec topped off an excellent meal. If you are in the area, try it. And the service and staff are great also."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "ordered Silver Oak. OUT! ordered Caymus. OUT!! settled for some unfamiliar, high dollar NAPA cabernet. Just OK.... was looking forward to good wine. didnt happen.. need to work on wine."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Good food, a big wine list and a roomy dining area make this a place to go back to."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Dakota is consistently a high quality, interesting, and delicious dining experience. Be sure to ask Scott, their sommelier, to pair wines for you."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "I would never recommend anyone go to this restaurant, especially on Christmas Eve. They overbooked and we waited an hour and a half to be seated and ended up leaving because there were STILL people ahead of us waiting. Dakota actually ruined my family's Christmas Eve. At this point there wasn't anywhere else to go eat so we just went home. Absolutely unacceptable, especially on Christmas."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "My daughters and i dined at Dakota on Christmas Eve. While the food was good, the service was poor. It was not our waitress' fault, but rather the fact that they did not have enough wait staff. It took forever for our entrees to come out and when they did they were cold. Then we had to wait to catch the waitress to have them sent back. I had ordered a steak and when it was returned, it was no longer medium rare, so it had to go back AGAIN. So my daughters started eating theirs while I sat waiting for my entree. There were long waits between courses. I fully expected some compensation to be offered due to our having to send back the food, but none was made. Suffice it to say, that I will not be returning nor recommending Dakota!"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Christmas eve reservation week in advance. confirmed with restaurant day before Christmas Eve. Arrived exactly on time, place was a zoo. Hostess stated they double-booked and everyone, more than 30 people, were waiting in the bar area. Everyone was told 30 min. or more delays! Once seated, took 45 min. before bread , drinks. Once drink service began, it appeared to function a little better! They really screwed up, and it seem like a cattle call for what is normally a refined, traditionally elegant, restaurant"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "We had a very pleasant evening and a wonderful meal."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Consistently one of the top restaurants on the north shore, and indeed in the entire N.O. Metro area. Never have had anything but a great meal here, including our recent dinner. Soft shell crab entree is superior! Will definitely be back soon."
    Dined on 12/17/2013